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Nguyen Van Thanh worked 17-hour days in a garment factory. He was rescued after a year. Photograph: Adrien le Coärer

A female singer belts out a Vietnamese love song on the radio as a tear rolls down Tran Bao Ngoc’s cheek. Her voice falls to little more than a hush. (...)

US B52 drop bombs over a Viet Cong controlled area in South Vietnam in 1965. America lost 60,000 military in Vietnam. Nearly two million Vietnamese civilians were killed. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Do we think it’s a good omen or bad omen that America will be enveloped in darkness during a solar eclipse on August 21st? It can be tempting to give (...)

Stephen Swift, GE, Wilbur Ross, Secretary, US Department of Commerce, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Viet Cuong, chairman of Phu Cuong, Pham Quoc Anh, GM Phu Cuong, Andy Kinsella, COO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Thang Bui Vinh, Mainstream Renewable Power

Mainstream Renewable Energy, the firm founded by businessman Eddie O’Connor, has signed a $2 billion investment deal with US utilities giant GE to bui(...)

New Zealand’s trade minister Todd McClay attends an APEC meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph: Kham/EPA

Japan and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed on Sunday to pursue their proposed trade deal without the US, during a meeting o(...)

Reporter Darragh Murphy with Hao Nguyen and Bei Nguyen of Operation Smile in  Hanoi. “We thought after a few years of our work, the backlog would decrease,” the latter says. “But it has increased.”

There are more disabled people in Vietnam than there are people in the Republic of Ireland – upwards of five million, according to Irish Aid. Over the(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

Flight attendants of Korean Air Lines Co. learn how to use stun guns against in-flight violence during training in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. The flag carrier has instructed its flight crew to resort to active force when needed after unruly behavior by a  passenger last week became a widely publicised controversy. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

Korean Air said it will allow crew members to “readily use stun guns” to manage violent passengers, and hire more male flight attendants, after coming(...)

Women sell fresh produce at a street market in Hoi An

A week into a month-long backpacking trip from southern to northern Vietnam, my partner and I came up with the most appropriate tourist slogan – Vietn(...)

Air-pollution problems afflict large Vietnamese cities such as Hanoi, which frequently has a  blanket of smog.

In Ireland we are already beginning to feel the negative effects of climate change through increased weather variability, and worse is yet to come. H(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump. Photograph: Wade Payne/AP

1. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” - A tweet from August 2012 dou(...)

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